More than a million people in Japan were warned to leave their homes on Tuesday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and fears of landslides and flash flooding.
Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres an hour near its centre, could land in central Japan on Wednesday and move northeast, possibly towards the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese weather agency said.
“While keeping its strength, the typhoon could make a land fall on Wednesday,” an official with the Japan Meteorological Agency said in a televised press conference.
“We ask that the highest level of caution be used because of the heavy rain, strong wind, and high waves.”
The city of Nagoya, a regional commercial hub located near the home of Toyota Motor, issued an evacuation advisory to some 1.09 million residents, because of worries that rivers might burst their banks.
Nationwide, evacuation advisories have been issued to a total of 1.32 million people, national broadcaster NHK said.
The typhoon was located 200 kilometres southeast of Tanegashima island, in southern Kagoshima, as of 7.00am GMT, and was on course to hit Nagoya and the main island of Honshu on Wednesday, the weather agency said.